Getty Images

Noah Syndergaard exits game with torn fingernail

3 Comments

Mets’ right-hander Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets a scare on Friday night after exiting the Mets-Marlins game to examine his finger. It appeared to be the same finger that had been plaguing him for the last two weeks, when he first suffered a blood blister during his Opening Day start. Thankfully, the injury Syndergaard sustained on Friday was nothing more than a torn fingernail, and Mets’ manager Terry Collins told reporters that the 24-year-old ace should be good to go for his next start. Newsday’s Marc Craig adds that he’ll have two fake nails glued onto his pointer and middle fingers as well.

Aside from the finger issues, it’s been a fairly smooth start to the season for Syndergaard. There are no lingering signs of the elbow injuries he sustained in 2016, and he sailed through 13 innings with two runs and nine strikeouts prior to Friday’s appearance. He appeared to be in some discomfort during the game, however, and allowed six hits, two runs and struck out four batters over six innings and 87 pitches.

Syndergaard is working on the follow-up to an extraordinary campaign for the 2016 Mets, during which he turned in a 2.60 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, 10.7 SO/9 and career-best 6.5 fWAR. A torn fingernail isn’t a fun experience, no matter the circumstances, but there doesn’t appear to be any health issue standing in the way of the right-hander’s continued dominance this season.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

Associated Press
2 Comments

Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.